I have become really excited about Pinterest lately (aka obsessed). It's really fun! You can make all sorts of boards for anything you like that you see on the web. I have boards for everything from home decor to fonts that I find that I like to store ideas.
Also, you can follow boards that you really like as well. Have a favorite blogger? They are probably on there as well, which you can then follow their boards. Check it out here...
I like the idea of giving a home baked/made/prepared goodie to close friends or neighbors.
This might just (and I can't really say anything here without making it sound like a really bad pun, but with that said, here goes) top them all...
The full recipe can be found here...
She has great photos to accompany each step as well.
(Image found at Not Quite Nigella)
***Next up are Maple Cupcakes found at Lonny from the boys at Baked and from their new cookbook called Baked Explorations. YUM!!
(Image found at lonny)
***We all have recipes for Chocolate Chip cookies, but it never hurts to try a new one every now and then. This one comes from The New York Times via ECAB.
Click here for the full recipe.
For your reading pleasure... These two blogs are really fun! And are based in the South, which is why I wanted to feature both. I find daily inspiration and ideas from these ladies....So Becky, Ginger and Holly, thank you for all the great posts. Please keep 'em coming!
Sweet Iced Tea is done by two women named Ginger and Becky. They go out of their way to bring their readers all sorts of great events happening around the South, amazing recipes, and all things that have Southern style.
One recipe that really stood out to me was their recipe for bourbon butter. I can't wait to make this spread for the next party that I throw.
(photo by Sweet Iced Tea)
This leads me to another interesting facet about the ladies of Sweet Iced Tea...
They cultivate their own honey. Now I'm not talking honey that tastes like the stuff you get at the local grocery. I'm talking about the purest, sweetest honey there ever was. Once you've tasted what pure honey can produce, you will never buy the cute plastic honey bear bottle again. Each season has a different flavor based on the flowers that were in season at the time. Bees and the folks that help them along are truly something to marvel at.
As some of you may or may not know, I have my own love affair with bees. I started a photo series about four years ago that is the study of rooftop bee keepers in New York City. I'm fascinated by the idea. I have since learned that their are rooftop bee keepers all over the world. My photo series continues....
It is going to grow to include wild beehives as well, which I'll start with the wild hives near
Every one of her posts is just so clever. She has a great eye for mixing vintage with the now and making it feel like it's the first time that you have ever seen it done. One idea that stood out to me was her solution for toy storage. It's just so good!
I've made it no secret how much I love everything about the new concept that is Bower Bird.
Kate and Laura that make up Bower Bird are just so clever. They bring you a very well curated shop with a mix of vintage finds and hand made lovely treasures.
This month it's all about glitter and tis' the season....
Find the shop here.
Here is some beautiful design that I've found around the web lately that makes me think of the
I'll be honest, I have a bad habit of finding photos that I love and saving them, yet, not marking where I've found it. So, if you know where some of these photos came from, by all means, let me know so that I can give proper credit where credit is due.
I hope you are having a wonderful winter season so far!!
So, in the last few weeks, I've made a lot of mini food. Mini pies. Mini quiches. Mini cheesecakes. And so on....It's more fun to try several desserts rather than commit to just one. Mini is the way to go.
I just kind of made up some of the recipes or changed them to my own taste.
From the reaction of those that tried the final product, success!
Here is my favorite so far. I'd love to hear how your mini creation turned out, should you try any of these ideas....
This is just what I put into them. You can change out for your choice of fillings.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese (more or less if you want)
Some buttermilk powder (I put about 1 Tablespoon I think)
5 slices bacon, chopped
A little onion, chopped
Touch of salt
Mix really well together ; pour into mini phyllo shells
Put into oven for 10- 15 mins.
Super quick and yummy!!
Crab and Goat cheese
Broccoli and Smoked Cheddar
Spinach and Feta
Ham and Gouda
** I haven't tried these other fillings, just items I think would pair well together.
Let me know if they work well together.
I also have some great vintage pieces (barware, glassware, globes, purses, scarves, serving ware and more)... cupcake toppers, cupcake papers, cookie cutters, handmade upcycled baby booties and shoes from a local artist, stationery from Squirrel In The Attic, and so much more....